Happy Andrada autumn/winter 2017 collection catwalk show for LFW
The Happy Andrada autumn/winter 2017 collection was a celebration of tribal culture and ancient crafting traditions, utilised in contemporary silhouettes and wardrobe staples.
There was a distinct tribal atmosphere to the collection with fringing, intricate hand embroidery, embossed surfaces, pom-poms, mohawk headdresses, feather earrings and tribal drums as music. This was a nice variation from the otherwise hyper modern/futuristic feel of fashion week. It was a collection that paid respect to the background of the designer and her heritage, taking it to major cities around the world in a fresh way. The traditional craft was elevated to a contemporary sensibility with digitally printed sunsets on A-line coats.
The garments were predominantly in beige and contrasted with dark plum, deep red and brown details. There were textiles that seemed like hessian at first glance but turned out to be a more luxurious variation of the fabric. The details were impeccable, with even the tights being embroidered. It wasn’t all glitz and glamour however, as there was a fabric that seemed like it had been burnt.
Local Filipino materials sourced from tribes in the area such as pineapple cotton, bamboo, banana and recycled plastic, gave the collection an authentic feel that can’t be emulated with cheaper faux materials. With these raw and natural resources being paired with lace and intricate shoulder details for example, the garments are ready to be worn on the streets of metropolitan cities.
Photos: Filippo L’Astorina
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